"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar

Gratitude. By definition it is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. It is accomplished by programming your brain to be aware of all you have regardless of life circumstances. Be grateful in all things. Good or bad, happy or sad, easy or challenging, sickness or health. You get the idea.

Many studies have been done showing the benefits of giving thanks.

An article in Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School shares that, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. In addition, Psychology Today notes practicing gratitude improves sleep and improves self-esteem.

According to Bob Proctor, most people know it’s good to be grateful, but many don’t understand what gratitude really does for them. Expressing gratitude instantly shifts your energy. It puts you in harmony with your source of supply so that the good in everything moves toward you.

Sara Algoe of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studied another important element of gratitude- she calls it other-focused. It takes place when we recognize that someone has done something nice for us and we spontaneously want to call attention to it. Sara found that not only does this element of gratitude affect the person being thanked, but it also had a very positive effect on anyone who witnesses the action.

I challenge you to start a gratitude journal today.

Gratitude Journal Challenge
STEP 1
  • Every morning or night make a list of the things you are grateful for.
STEP 2
  • After a week or two, reflect on your journal.
  • Reread it.
  • What types of things are you writing about?  Are you focusing on quantity or quality?
  • Adjust your journaling. 
STEP 3
  • After 2-3 weeks take your journaling to the next level.
  • Put your gratitude into action.
  • Thank people for their acts of kindness. It will be a blessing to them.
As you can see, being grateful for what you have can have pretty powerful results. The benefits are both physical and emotional. Recognizing and expressing gratitude can make you happier and healthier.

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Note: There may be affiliate links in this post. • I am not a doctor. All information is for educational use only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

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